2. Los Angeles, CA
Population: Around 3,971,883. What interesting is that the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area has an actual population of 12.8 million, which, again, puts it right behind New York City as the second largest metropolitan area in the country.
Nicknames: City of Angels, La La Land, Tinseltown, The Creative Capital of the World, and The Big Orange.
Though LA is often compared to NYC, the two are quite different in a number of ways. I mean, NYC is not home to Hollywood, after all. First, Los Angeles has much better weather than the entire state of New York.
Plus, you will find a number of celebrities, artists, and generally liberal, free-spirits who are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. Los Angeles is an international hub that attracts people from all over the world to cooperate in creative pursuits. Since the city is a sprawl, you can expect to find districts with unique characteristics.